Andrea Pirlo has confirmed he’s hanging up his boots after issuing an emotional statement to his followers on social media.
The former AC Milan, Juventus and Inter Milan midfielder is now 38, and has been playing the final few years of his career in the MLS with New York City FC.
Following New York’s elimination in the play-offs against Columbus Crew last night, Pirlo has announced he’s played his last match of top-flight football, and thanked all of his team-mates, the city of New York and his family for allof their support:
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Last match in MLS. As my time in NYFC comes to an end I would like to say few words. I want to thank everybody for the kindness and support they have shown me in this incredible city. Thank you to the amazing supporters, thank you to the coaching staff and everybody that work behind the scene, thank you to my teammates. Not only my adventure in NY comes to an end but my journey as a football player as well, that is why I would like to take the opportunity to thank my family and my children for the support and love they always give me, every team that I had the honor to play for, every teammate I have been pleased to play alongside, all the people that made my career such incredible and last but not least, all the fans around the world that always showed me support. You will always be on my side and in my heart.
During his glittering career, few midfielder were as accomplished or better at passing a ball than Pirlo, and he was rewarded with some of the games biggest trophies.
Pirlo won a combined six Serie A titles, two Champions Leagues and the FIFA World Cup with Italy back in 2006 – not a bad haul, eh?
Where does Pirlo rank in the list of all-time greats for you?